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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Biography

Born: Jan 27, 1756; Austria   Died: Dec 5, 1791; Austria   Period: Classical
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was not only one of the greatest composers of the Classical period, but one of the greatest of all time. Surprisingly, he is not identified with radical formal or harmonic innovations, or with the profound kind of symbolism heard in some of Bach's works. Mozart's best music has a natural flow and irresistible charm, and can express humor, joy or sorrow with both conviction and mastery. His operas, especially his later Read more efforts, are brilliant examples of high art, as are many of his piano concertos and later symphonies. Even his lesser compositions and juvenile works feature much attractive and often masterful music.
Mozart was the last of seven children, of whom five did not survive early childhood. By the age of three he was playing the clavichord, and at four he began writing short compositions. Young Wolfgang gave his first public performance at the age of five at Salzburg University, and in January, 1762, he performed on harpsichord for the Elector of Bavaria. There are many astonishing accounts of the young Mozart's precocity and genius. At the age of seven, for instance, he picked up a violin at a musical gathering and sight-read the second part of a work with complete accuracy, despite his never having had a violin lesson.
In the years 1763 - 1766, Mozart, along with his father Leopold, a composer and musician, and sister Nannerl, also a musically talented child, toured London, Paris, and other parts of Europe, giving many successful concerts and performing before royalty. The Mozart family returned to Salzburg in November 1766. The following year young Wolfgang composed his first opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus. Keyboard concertos and other major works were also coming from his pen now.
In 1769, Mozart was appointed Konzertmeister at the Salzburg Court by the Archbishop. Beginning that same year, the Mozarts made three tours of Italy, where the young composer studied Italian opera and produced two successful efforts, Mitridate and Lucio Silla. In 1773, Mozart was back in Austria, where he spent most of the next few years composing. He wrote all his violin concertos between 1774 and 1777, as well as Masses, symphonies, and chamber works.
In 1780, Mozart wrote his opera Idomeneo, which became a sensation in Munich. After a conflict with the Archbishop, Mozart left his Konzertmeister post and settled in Vienna. He received a number of commissions now and took on a well-paying but unimportant Court post. In 1782 Mozart married Constanze Weber and took her to Salzburg the following year to introduce her to his family. 1782 was also the year that saw his opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail staged with great success.
In 1784, Mozart joined the Freemasons, apparently embracing the teachings of that group. He would later write music for certain Masonic lodges. In the early- and mid-1780s, Mozart composed many sonatas and quartets, and often appeared as soloist in the fifteen piano concertos he wrote during this period. Many of his commissions were for operas now, and Mozart met them with a string of masterpieces. Le nozze di Figaro came 1786, Don Giovanni in 1787, Così fan tutte in 1790 and Die Zauberflöte in 1791. Mozart made a number of trips in his last years, and while his health had been fragile in previous times, he displayed no serious condition or illness until he developed a fever of unknown origin near the end of 1791. Read less
Mozart: Piano Concertos 24-27 / Larrocha, Solti
Release Date: 08/03/2010   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001453802   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Complete Piano Concertos / Perahia
Release Date: 08/07/2012   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 1914112   Number of Discs: 12
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The Mozart Album / Lang Lang
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 308253   Number of Discs: 2
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Dvorak: Symphony No 8, Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Mehta, LAP
Release Date: 09/30/2008   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2072248   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Fantasias & Rondos / Richard Egarr
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907387   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Requiem in D minor, K 626

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  • 51.
    Mozart: Requiem / Koch, Vulpius, Prenzlow, Apreck, Adam
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300069 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Jutta Vulpius,  Rolf Apreck
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch
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  • 52.
    Mozart: Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate / Giulini, Marriner
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 31801 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Lloyd,  Robert Tear,  Helen Donath,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 53.
    Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus, Exsultate Jubilate / Walker, Macliver
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764064 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sara Macliver
    Conductor:  Antony Walker
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  • 54.
    Mozart: Requiem; Bach, Brahms / Kittel, Straube, Briem, Freimuth, Drissen
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459004 Release Date: 07/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Fuchs,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gertrud Freimuth,  Walther Ludwig,  Fred Drissen,  Tilla Briem
    Conductor:  Günther Ramin,  Karl Straube,  Bruno Kittel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Thomaner Choir,  Bruno Kittel Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Mozart Legendary Interpretations - Walter, Pons, Steber, Pinza, London
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47211 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  William Warfield,  Jennie Tourel,  Irmgard Seefried,  Léopold Simoneau  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Westminster Choir,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 56.
    Mozart: Requiem / Kleiter, Romberger, Sans, Mertens, Otto, L'Arpa Festante
    Label: Nca   Catalog: 60159 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Daniel Sans,  Klaus Mertens,  Julia Kleiter
    Conductor:  Ralf Otto
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  • 57.
    Musica Sacra - Mozart: Requiem / Matt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93950 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Barbara Werner,  Pamela Heuvelmans,  Robert Morvai,  Thomas Pfeiffer
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  South German Chamber Philharmonia
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  • 58.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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  • 59.
    Mozart: Requiem / Mathis, Schmidt, Schreier, Davis
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100449 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Edith Mathis,  Peter Schreier,  Trudeliese Schmidt
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 60.
    Esprit - Melancolique
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5172 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Korcia,  Grigory Sokolov,  Anne Gastinel,  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Christophe Rousset,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Laurence Equilbey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Il Giardino Armonico,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 61.
    Esprit - Sacre
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5169 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Dowland,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Sandrine Piau,  Sara Mingardo
    Conductor:  Christoph Spering,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Emmanuel Krivine,  Jean-Claude Malgoire  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accentus,  Concerto Italiano,  La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy  ... 
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  • 62.
    Mozart: Requiem / Heuvelmans, Werner, Morvaj, Pfeiffer, Matt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93295 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pamela Heuvelmans,  Barbara Werner,  Thomas Pfeiffer,  Robert Morvaj
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Choir of Europe,  Pforzheim Southwest German Chamber Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Mozart: Mass In C Minor K 427, Requiem In D Minor K 626 / Scheerer, Hierdeis, Browner, Et Al
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553147 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gabriele Hierdeis,  Marcus Ullman,  Alison Browner,  Markus Volpert
    Conductor:  Volker Hempfling,  Ingeborg Scheerer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Kantorei,  Johann Christian Bach Academy
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  • 64.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 395 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hans Richter-Haaser,  Judith Rössel-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
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  • 65.
    Mozart: Requiem, Great Mass / Bertini, Quasthoff, Augér, Swensen
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 116 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Krisztina Láki,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Doris Soffel,  Robert Swensen  ... 
    Conductor:  Gary Bertini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Chorus
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  • 66.
    Basics 25-cd Boxset
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 186002 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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  • 67.
    Mozart: Requiem / Koch, Berlin Radio So
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 185882 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Gertraud Prenzlow,  Rolf Apreck,  Jutta Vulpius
    Conductor:  Helmut Koch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Mozart: Requiem, Mass in C Minor / Welser-Möst
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 20949 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Bell,  Laurence Dale,  Robert Lloyd,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Mozart: Requiem;  Sussmayr / Armstrong, Jette, Et Al
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 47 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Süssmayer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Taylor,  Maria Jette,  Eric Owens,  Jennifer Larmore
    Conductor:  Anton Armstrong,  Andreas Delfs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  St. Olaf Choir
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  • 70.
    Mozart: Requiem
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93295 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Pfeiffer,  Robert Morvaj,  Pamela Heuvelmans
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
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  • 71.
    Mozart: Requiem / Böhm, Stich-Randall, Malaniuk
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420772 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Kurt Böhme,  Ira Malaniuk,  Teresa Stich-Randall
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 72.
    Herbert von Karajan - Master Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001050702 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Michel Schwalbé,  Wolfgang Meyer,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 73.
    Mozart: Requiem / Davis, Arnet, Stephany, Kennedy, Et Al
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 627 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Marie Arnet,  Anna Stéphany,  Andrew Kennedy,  Darren Jeffrey
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Mozart: Requiem,
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001051002 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Anna Tomowa-Sintow,  Rudolf Scholz,  Agnes Baltsa  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Mozart: Requiem / Lipp, Rössl-Majdan, Dermota, Edelman, Walter
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 94 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Otto Edelmann,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Anton Dermota
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
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